So it may not suprise you to learn that the city has decided to honour the work of a musician from the other side of the country. The city has declared April 9 to be Riot Grrl Day, to celebrate the impact of creative force Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and brains behind the Riot Grrrl movement, a feminist punk movement + zine that changed the shape of the genre and inspired women the world over.
The proclamation of Riot Grrrl Day states in part:
“Because: Our young women can’t be what they can’t see. Girls need to see other girls picking up drumsticks, basses and microphones. They need to see other girls picking up paintbrushes and pens, and telling their stories loudly. Because: the next Kathleen Hanna may be a young girl in a Boston bedroom creating feminist art by herself, fearful that she has no community to belong to.”
It ends by saying that the day should “inspire grrrls everywhere to shake up the status quo and create”.
As much as I respect Kathleen Hanna's achievements, her music really wasn't that good (sorry). Here's some Sleater-Kinney instead:
Happy Riot Grrrl Day Boston!!
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